Source to Sea Multisport
Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias & Denali National Parks

Source to Sea Multisport - Kenai Fjords, Wrangell-St. Elias & Denali National Parks

Our signature Source to Sea Multisport adventure will allow you to sample the wonders of Alaska's national parks by hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, cruising, and flying through three of Alaska’s hallmark national parks - all while enjoying the comfort of nightly accommodations in some of Alaska’s most famous hotels, lodges, and B&B’s.  If you want to actively experience and participate in the “real” Alaska but would prefer not to camp, then this 12-day inclusive itinerary offers a quintessential Alaska adventure travel itinerary.

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Trip Details

DURATION 12 days
LENGTH 500+ miles
INTENSITY Level 2
SEASON Summer
BEGINS IN Anchorage
ENDS IN Anchorage
AIRPORT Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
WILDLIFE/
SCENERY
bears, wolves, caribou, bald eagles
Price$5,195
Youth Price$5,195
Great ForFamilies Couples Individuals

Ready for Alaska's ultimate lodge-based hiking, sport fishing, kayaking, rafting, and glacier adventure? Welcome to Alaska Alpine Adventures' Source to Sea Multisport!  Alaska's greatest asset may be its astounding diversity, and the state’s superlatives simply defy the imagination. Alaska is home to Kenai Fjords National Park – a diverse maritime complex of tidewater glaciers and deep fjords; Wrangell-St. Elias – America's largest National Park and home to nine of the 16 highest peaks on the continent; Denali – the highest peak in North America at 20,320’ and abundant wildlife, and countless treasures that fill the pages of coffee table books around the world.

What's Included

  • All group gear: All lunch cooking equipment & eating utensils
  • Safety Equipment: Phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
  • 11 nights lodging
  • 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Trekking poles
  • Complimentary airport transfer
  • Van transportation
  • Ferry to Valdez
  • Round-trip water taxi to Shoup Bay
  • Round-trip scenic bush flights from Chitina to McCarthy
  • Shuttle Bus to Eielson Visitor Center
  • Scenic train ride from Denali National Park to Anchorage
  • Guided hikes throughout the trip
  • 5-hour sportfishing adventure OR National Park tour with Kenai Fjords Tours
  • Guided sea kayaking in Shoup Bay
  • Kennicott Copper Mill tour
  • 4-hour Root Glacier trek
  • Denali National Park shuttle bus tour
  • Nenana River rafting adventure
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 6:1 guest to guide ratio
Day
1

Today you are free to arrive in Anchorage on your own. You can arrive at any time and transfer to our hotel independently via their complimentary shuttle. Lodging on night one will be at the Lakefront Anchorage, which is conveniently located near the airport and on the shores of Lake Hood. Depending on your arrival time, the remainder of the day is yours to relax after your flight or to explore some of the city’s notable sites including the Alaska Aviation Museum, the Anchorage Museum of History & Art or the city Park Strip. Meals on your own.

Day
2

This morning, after enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guides in the hotel lobby for introductions and a group orientation at 8 am. We'll load into our comfortable vans and begin the 3-hour drive south from Anchorage through Turnagain Pass to Seward - one of the most scenic drives in the world. Beluga Whales cruise the waters of Turnagain Arm, Dall’s sheep cling to the craggy hillsides, and glaciers tumble from the rugged mountains of the Chugach Range.  Once in Seward, we will take an hour to settle into the Harborview Inn - home for the next 2 nights.  After a brief acquaintance with the charming character of this coastal fishing town, we'll head into Kenai Fjords National Park to begin our amazing hike along the astounding Harding Icefield Trail!  This strenuous but rewarding hike winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes though heather filled meadows, and ultimately climbs well above tree line to a breath-taking view of the Harding Icefield itself.  That evening your guides prepare a celebratory wild Alaskan salmon bake along the shores of Resurrection Bay.  Lunch & dinner included. Distance: 8 miles, Elevation gain: 3000’.

Day
3

After an early breakfast, we'll head down to the harbor to prepare for today's saltwater adventure in the spectacular Kenai Fjords National Park.  Those choosing the sportfishing option* will check in at the harbor at 6:45 am and will be on the water by 7.  And those opting for Kenai Fjords National Park tour will have a bit more time to enjoy breakfast before boarding the tour vessel for an 8am departure.   As you cruise out Resurrection Bay, be on the lookout for sea otters, whales, sea lions, eagles, puffins, bears and mountain goats, all of which inhabit this amazing coastal national park.  In the afternoon, you'll have the option to visit the Alaska Sealife Center - Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife rescue center.  That evening, toast the day at one of Seward's many restaurant options, most of which are within walking distance of our hotel.  Breakfast & lunch Included. *Due to limited availability, please note that advanced notification is required for the sportfishing option. 

Day
4

We begin the day with a 1.5 hour drive to Whittier along the Seward Highway. On the way we’ll make a short visit to the Portage Glacier Visitor Center. before entering Alaska’s longest tunnel and the portal to Whittier, AK.   Upon our arrival in Whittier, we’ll board an Alaska State Ferry for the cruise to Valdez.  Our crossing of Prince William Sound will take us past, Black Legged Kittiwake rookeries, near the faces of large tidewater glaciers, and through the pristine waters of Prince William Sound.  Tonight, we stay at the Valdez Harbor Inn or the Mountain Sky Hotel located in downtown Valdez.  All meals included.

Day
5

Today we spend the day sea kayaking in Shoup Bay.  Timing the tides, the trip will begin with an orientation by our sea kayaking guides, followed by a 25 minute water taxi ride down the Valdez Arm and into Shoup Bay.  After hauling kayaks and gear off of the boat, we’ll load into sea-kayaks and begin paddling into the inner sanctum of the Bay.  Once inside, we’ll paddle past the largest Black Legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound and enjoy lunch the foot of the ancient tidewater glacier as it cracks, grumbles, and calves massive blocks of ice into the saltwater.  Sea kayaking among the floating miniature icebergs makes for a fun obstacle course to test our paddling skills as does riding the swift current of the connecting stream on an outgoing tide. Tonight you’re free to enjoy dinner on your own at one of Valdez’s many restaurants.  This walkable town offers many options just steps from our hotel.  Breakfast & lunch included.  Kayaking: 6 hours

Day
6

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll begin the scenic drive along the Richardson Highway from Valdez to the tiny town of Chitina. We’ll stop briefly to witness the spectacular Bridalveil Falls in Keystone Canyon and will then break for a short hike and picnic near the Worthington Glacier. The Worthington, a Natural Historic Landmark, is a spectacular glacier that tumbles from the Chugach Mountains. Our brief hike will take us up a sweeping moraine with stunning views of blue ice,crevasses of the glacier, and magnificent vistas of the mighty Chugach.  From Chitina, we’ll load into bush planes for the 40 minute flight through the Wrangell Mountains and the historic town of McCarthy.  We’ll transfer from the airstrip to the world famous Kennicott Glacier Lodge, where we’ll settle into our home for two nights.  This lodge has quite possibly the best view in Alaska, and its historic charm, great food, and warm hospitality make it one of the premier destinations in the state. All meals included.

Day
7

A family style breakfast will fuel us for another day of adventure. Today we join St. Elias Alpine Guides for an interpretive walk through the historic Kennicott Copper Mill before strapping on a pair of crampons and heading out on to the Root Glacier for a full four hours of glacier hiking!  Our glacier hike is suitable for beginners and children and is an amazing adventure on a real moving glacier. If time allows, we’ll take an afternoon hike toward the Jumbo Copper Mine. All meals included. Distance: 5-7 miles, Elevation gain: 1000-3000’

Day
8

Today another bush flight will return us to Chitina by noon,  where we will continue our journey north and west along the Glenn Highway. Views of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, the Wrangell Mountains, and the Alaska Range will accompany us along the way. We’ll check into one of two amazing properties, Sheep Mountain Lodge or Majestic Valley Lodge, where rooms include amazing views of both the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges.  Both lodges, nestled in the Talkeetna Mountains, are favorite destination for Alaskans and tourists alike. Their views, real Alaskan charm, and amazing food make for an unforgettable stay. Breakfast & lunch included.

Day
9

After breakfast at the lodge, we continue along the Glenn Highway, past the impressive Matanuska Glacier, and through the fertile Matanuska/Susitna Valley - a region referred to as Alaska's bread basket.   We’ll stop along the way for a picnic in Denali State Park and  if the weather is kind, we may enjoy our first views of Denali (Mt. McKinley) and the rest of the mighty Alaska Range. This evening, we will check into Denali Cabins situated near the entrance to Denali National Park.  After settling into the clean and comfortable cabins, we’ll make our way to a local eatery for a group dinner.  All meals included.

Day
10

We’ll enjoy an delicious early breakfast at the McKinley Creekside Cafe before boarding the park shuttle bus for the 60-mile ride through the heart of Denali National Park to the Eielson Visitor Center. The park road we travel is closed to regular vehicle traffic after the initial 15 miles.  The shuttle bus provides the only way to visit the park’s amazing interior.  Along the road corridor, keep your eyes peeled for Denali’s famous furry inhabitants carving out their existence amidst the some of the most amazing mountain scenery in North America.  Probability is high that you'll see caribou, moose, wolves, grizzlies, and Dall's sheep.  And if the weather is kind, numerous chances to witness Mt. McKinley – North America’s highest peak at 20,320’ - will greet you at every turn!  Tonight you're free to enjoy another dinner on your own with abundant choices in the Denali Park area.  Breakfast & lunch included.

Day
11

We’ll spend a half-day rafting the mighty Nenana River with the pros at Denali Outdoor Center.  The Nenana is an exciting whitewater river and our expert guides will take us through canyons and rapids as we enjoy spectacular views and perhaps scenes of Dall's sheep grazing the peaks of the Alaska Range.  Rafting the Nenana is a true classic!  The rest of the day is scheduled guest free time, and can be spent exploring more of the park and its facilities, taking an optional flightseeing trip around Mt. McKinley, or simply relaxing to the sights and sounds of this magnificent national park.  Your guides will gladly point you in the right direction, and coordinate necessary transportation so that you can maximize your remaining time in Denali.  We'll celebrate our final evening enjoying Denali's best pizza and craft brewery.   All meals included.  Rafting: 4 hours

Day
12

After a leisurely morning enjoying the sights of McKinley village, we’ll board the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star for the eight hour rail cruise back to Anchorage. A highlight of the journey, the trip south by rail offers wonderful photographic opportunities and amazing views of this vast wilderness. Please schedule homebound flights for after 10pm.  Breakfast & lunch included.

DENALI REGULATIONS:  All commercial operators visiting Denali National Park & Preserve operate under a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). CUA operating provisions strictly regulate traffic, both motorized and non-motorized, within the boundaries of the park. Most backcountry portions of the park, including those adjacent to the park road, are closed to guided activities including day hiking and backpacking. Guides accompanying clients in these closed areas will be assumed to be conducting guiding activities and considered to be in non-compliance of the terms of the CUA. Please understand that, for this reason, our guides will not be accompanying the group on the bus ride into Denali on Day 10 but will be happy to recommend a variety of hikes accessible along the park shuttle route.

*Whenever possible Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written. However, on occasion our trips deviate from the written itinerary due to weather conditions, group preference, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what some have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Therefore we suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

 

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